Author Archives: Anna

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival family day August 2014

As I was in London on the August bank holiday weekend, I decided to go to Notting Hill Carnival. My friend and I were going to a party out of town on the Monday, when heavy rain was forecast anyway, so we decided we'd go to carnival on the Sunday, billed as 'family day'. I'm glad I went, but ...

South Bank, London

South Bank London

The older I get, the more I seem to tire of London. My brother moved down pretty much straight after graduating and there have been times when I thought I'd follow suit. I never did, but the city is quite familiar to me because of the trips I've made for work and to see him and friends. I always ...

Do you say ‘I love you’ enough?

When did you last tell someone who matters to you that you love them? I'm pretty good at telling my husband I love him. As a couple we probably say it most days. (It's funny, as I was writing this he phoned me from downstairs to pass on some practical info and we ended the 10 second ...

My dream office space

Glass walled office in woodland of Selgas Cano architects Madrid

My place of work is functional and pleasant and we've recently had a few improvements done that has made the space feel bigger and more open. But it's not what you would call inspiring. We're a small team, and in that the-grass-is-always-greener way of thinking most of us adopt a lot of the time, I sometimes wonder ...

My top 5 home DIY tips

kitchen renovation

Apart from a couple of days when I had to be absent because of a work crisis, it's been pretty much non-stop DIY at our place over the last week or so. The plasterer's now been in and done his thing, which means the rooms are looking more put together than patchwork, as they were. This is ...

Blogger buffet at The Light

Blogger buffet at the Light, Leeds. Cafe Rouge, Miller and Carter, Frankie and Bennys and Browns

As blogger events go, this promised to be good. We were invited to The Light, Leeds, for a 'blogger buffet' with a different course at four of the venue's restaurants. Off The Headrow, The Light has been on the scene for a while and, as new shopping centres emerge in the city it seems to have found its ...

Bird and Beast, Leeds

Bird and Beast rotisserie chicken restaurant, Leeds, Yorkshire

While not much of a fan of fast food, I do like food that is fast and functional. It helps if it is also hearty and delicious, which makes Leeds' new-ish restaurant, Bird and Beast, a winner for me. Bird and Beast serves free range chicken grown at Sykes Farm in the Yorkshire Wolds. This gives the ...

Cielo Blanco, Leeds

Pitcher cocktail at Livin Italy, Leeds

I've read a lot of good reviews about Cielo Blanco, so although I'd tired a little of eating and drinking in Trinity Leeds, I suggested to the girls we go back. It was one of our as-regular-as-we-can-manage Saturday afternoon-into-evening sessions involving cocktails, dinner and more cocktails. We started by soaking up one of the last sunny afternoons ...

Kitchen additions

New kitchen accessories: Anthropologie letter mugs, Asda black and white scallop mugs, Ikea turquoise patterned plate, Matalan glass printed jar, H and M wooden chopping board and box

Last weekend was a tiring one, full of working on the house and punctuated by a couple of hours in Ikea spent planning out our new kitchen. It was my first virtual planning experience and I highly recommend it. We ended up changing the layout slightly enabling us to fit in our dream sink (I know, ...

DIY gold spike & bead necklace

DIY gold spike and turquoise bead long chain necklace

It's been quite a while since I've shared a DIY jewellery project with you. Larger scale DIY - on the house - has been taking priority! But I have a stash of projects on the go or that I'm keen to try soon and this necklace was one I made in early summer. It was inspired ...

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